Fitness + Well-being

How taking a hot bath could help you lose weight

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This is the news all exercise-shy people have been waiting for: Taking a relaxing bath has similar health benefits as going to the gym.

Plunging into the tub for an hour-long soak reduces inflammation and affects blood sugar levels in ways that mimic an hour-long, moderately tough workout, experts have revealed.

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Experts at Loughborough University recruited 14 men to take part in a study that examined if passive heating, as opposed to a hot and sweaty workout, improves health.

Half of the men were put on an exercise bike for an hour, while the other half enjoyed a 40-degree C (104-degree F) bath.

Researchers measured how many calories they all burned and their blood sugar levels were monitored for 24 hours afterwards.

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While the cylists burned more calories, the blood sugar responses of all those taking part was similar, the experts noted.

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